Rapper/actor Hev (formerly
Heavy D.) will be presented with the NAACP Spirit Award at the The 16th Annual
NAACP Theatre Awards taking place in Feb.
Hev is being awarded for his leading role in the stage play
“Medal of Honor Rag” in addition to his accomplishments in film,
television and music.
“Sometimes when you do things in life, you never know
that people are paying attention,” Hev told AllHipHop.com. “It’s
a wonderful feeling to be looked upon as someone they consider to have made
a contribution to theatre.”
“Medal of Honor Rag” was directed by veteran actor
Delroy Lindo and centers on a depressed Vietnam veteran and his relationship
with a New York psychiatrist.
Fellow rapper/actor Will Smith executive produced the play,
which ran from Jun. 1 – Jul. 11 in Los Angeles.
“I wanna thank Will Smith for believing in me and supporting
me unconditionally,” Hev continued. “It would not have been possible
The play also ran from Oct. 13 – Nov. 16 to raise money
for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Previous winners of the award include Danny Glover, Phylicia
Rashad, Art Evans and Fayard Nicholas.
“What an honor to be amongst such great entertainers.
This award is like a dream come true. This is proof that a little boy, who dreams,
can see those dreams turn into reality.”
The 16th Annual
NAACP Theatre Awards is scheduled to take place Feb. 20, 2006 at the Directors
Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles, California.